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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Marfan Syndrome

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What treatments/medications are there for someone with Marfan syndrome?

What treatments/medications are there for someone with Marfan syndrome?

For the heart...: From a cardiologist's perspective, we want to make sure that the aorta is not too enlarged and that the blood pressure is well controlled. Classically we use a beta blocker to reduce wear and tear on the aorta, but newer trials are ongoing to see if a class of medicines known as ACE-inhibitors are helpful for this. There are important eye and ligament things to keep track of as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott McLean
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Marfan Syndrome (Definition)

An inherited connective tissue disorder where body shape is long thin arms hands and fingers and arm length ...Read more


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For someone with Marfan syndrome. Is there treatments that can prolong his life expectancy?

For someone with Marfan syndrome. Is there treatments that can prolong his life expectancy?

Several treatments!: Yes! children and adults with marfan syndrome can have gradual widening of the aorta - the major artery connected to your heart. Sometimes the aorta becomes so weak that it breaks. But your cardiologist can use an ultrasound machine to watch your aorta very carefully. She can treat you with medicines to slow down the enlargement, and your chest surgeon can even replace your aorta if necessary. ...Read more

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Can or should I get treatment if Marfan syndrome and infertility?

Can or should I get treatment if Marfan syndrome and infertility?

It depends.: If you are a man or a woman you need genetic counseling to understand the risk of genetic transmission. To avoid this risk, ivf+preimplantation genetic diagnosis is available for marfan syndrome. If you are a man or a woman then you need to be tested for various fertility factors just like any-one who's unable to conceive for 1y. Women need cardiac evaluation esp. For aortic root dilatation. ...Read more

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I have dural ectasia and have constant pain and stiffness I dont have Marfan syndrome what can I do for treatment or type of doctor besides pain meds?

I have dural ectasia and have constant pain and stiffness I dont have Marfan syndrome what can I do for treatment or type of doctor besides pain meds?

Back pain / ectasia: A condition like dural ectasia can be very troublesome. Besides pain medication, people with this condition may respond to physical therapy, surgery, stimulator therapy or muscle relaxant treatment. Recruiting a physiatrist or PMR doctor and a neurosurgeon to your team would be helpful. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about the Marfan syndrome?

What can you tell me about the Marfan syndrome?

Marfans syndrome: Inherited disorder of connective tissue but can be sporadic. Usually dx in adolescence. Affects: Skin, bone (teeth, spine), eyes (lens dislocation), nervous and cardiovascular system (aorta, associated with mitral valve prolapse). Features: Tall, thin, long arms & legs, fingers. ...Read more

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What tests are done to diagnose Marfan Syndrome?

Multiple : There is no single test for Marfan's Syndrome. After the clinical suspicion raised, a detailed exam with a focus on heart with EKG and Echo, imaging and genetic history will be needed for the confirmation. ...Read more

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Is it true you can be classed as disabled if you have Marfan syndrome?

Doubtful: That's a great question for a disability lawyer. (you're unlikely to find any on this website). ...Read more

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Does aneuploidy cause Marfan syndrome?

Marfan is caused by : A mutation in the fibrillin gene on the long arm of chromosome 15 , 15q15-q21.3. Autisomal dominant inheritance with widely variable clinical findings. Aneuploidy is having an abnormal # of chromosomes from a genetic accident during cell reduction (meiosis). ...Read more

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Could i detect Marfan syndrome before or after birth?

Yes, prenatally: Prenatal diagnosis of Marfan syndrome is possible through DNA testing of fetal tissue obtained by chorionic villi sampling or amniocentesis. ...Read more

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How effective is a vitrectomy for treating Marfan syndrome?

How effective is a vitrectomy for treating Marfan syndrome?

Effective: I have attached a study that looked at the success of vitrectomy surgery in people with Marfan's and it had 45 patients with 53 surgeries and listed successful reattachment 86% of the time http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12172108 ...Read more

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Why is my Marfan syndrome child so lazy and always tired?

May be the treatment: The beta-blocker medications used to control a marfan syndrome patient's blood pressure and heart rate can cause fatigue. If such a side effect seems to be happening, the patient's primary care doctor or cardiologist can re-evaluate. ...Read more

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How effective is losartan (Cozaar) for treating Marfan syndrome?

How effective is losartan (Cozaar) for treating Marfan syndrome?

Losartan: Losartan treats high blood pressure, as such to the extent is lowers pressure it is helpful in dealing with vascular changes in Marfan's which predispose to aneurysm formation. It doesn't treat the underlying Marfan's physiology directly. ...Read more

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How effective is atenolol (Tenormin) for treating Marfan syndrome?

How effective is atenolol (Tenormin) for treating Marfan syndrome?

Aortic Dilatation: There are two chronic issues in Marfan's from the cardiovascular point of view. 1. Ascending aortic dilatation. 2. Mitral valve disease. By reducing heart rate and blood pressure, Atenolol reduces shear stress in the ascending aortic, reducing the rate of dilatation. By reducing blood pressure, the mitral valve will be less incompetent. Take the med. See your doctor regularly. ...Read more

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Does Marfan syndrome affect the brain?

No: Marfan syndrome affects the eyes and damages one's vision, and the syndrome affects the lining of the spinal cord, but it typically does not cause brain problems. ...Read more

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How does Marfan syndrome affect the heart?

How does Marfan syndrome affect the heart?

Enlarges aortic root: Patients with marfan syndrome have tendency to develop aortic wall enlargemnt causing mainly aortic root aneurysms.This can lead to aortic valve insufficency and also aortic dissection which is a tear in the wall of the aorta. ...Read more

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Can I have prk surgery procedure if I have Marfan syndrome?

Can I have prk surgery procedure if I have Marfan syndrome?

Not recommended: Marfans syndrome involves a disorder of connective tissue and may result in abnormal healing of the cornea and unpredictable results. In addition, other ocular conditions including dislocation of the lens can occur. ...Read more

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How effective is vascular grafting for treating Marfan syndrome?

How effective is vascular grafting for treating Marfan syndrome?

Vascular grafting: should one get an aneurysm related to Marfan, grafting can be very effective, otherwise grafting is rather superfluoius to the diagnosis ...Read more

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What is the difference between Marfan syndrome and ehlers danlos?

Marfans/ehler danlos: Both are mulisystem disorders that mostly affect the soft connective tissues.Eds caused by a defect in synthesis of collagen.It has hyperextensibility of skin and joints, early onset of osteoarthritis, hypotonia, deformity of spine marfan tall arms and height, affects lungs, heart and aorta, eyes causing cataract, skin problems, and tissue covering the spinal chord. ...Read more